For Referring Physicians

Palliative Care Program

Additional Information for Physicians

Consult requests can be initiated directly in the computer or by contacting the Palliative Care team. Beeper (732) 437-3670 or Extension 5717.

Palliative care is a medical specialty that supports the primary care physician's care of patients with serious and life-threatening illness. Palliative care is not in place of curative care.

Why the need for palliative care now?

Palliative care is in greater demand because it addresses stronger emphasis on quality of care and the stresses placed on the medical system from the growing aging population.

How can palliative care help the attending physician?

Physicians with seriously ill patients who require complex pain and symptom management or have a high demand for patient/family communication can refer to palliative care specialists. Palliative care programs offer attending physicians:

What patients are suitable for a palliative care consult?

General Referral Criteria (one or more of the following):

Intensive Care Unit Referral Criteria

Oncology Referral Criteria

Emergency Department Referral Criteria

Consult Requests

Consult Requests can be initiated directly in the computer or by contacting the Palliative Care team. Beeper (732) 437-3670 or Extension 5717.

 

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